First winter NAIA Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings Released
CLEVELAND – Biola leads in the first set of the NAIA Learfield Directors’ Cup winter standings. The Eagles have accumulated 507 total points, including 194 after 5 winter championships. The Eagles placed fourth in women’s swimming, 10th in women’s indoor track and field and 12th in men’s swimming.
Wayland Baptist holds the second place position with 465 total points. Wayland Baptist captured the women’s indoor track and field title and finished runners-up in indoor men’s track and field. In addition, The Pioneers placed sixth in men’s swimming and diving and 11th in wrestling, while the Flying Queens were 10th in women’s swimming and diving.
Lindsey Wilson occupies the third spot with 459.5 total points, including 236.5 of those points coming in the winter championships. The Blue Raiders placed sixth and eighth in women’s and men’s swimming and diving, respectively. Also, the Blue Raiders came in 12th in wrestling and 20th in men’s indoor track and field.
Olivet Nazarene jumped 12 spots from the final fall standings to fourth in the first set of winter standings. The Tigers captured the school’s first national championship in men’s swimming and diving. The women’s swimming and diving finished second, while also placing 12th and 18th in women’s and men’s indoor track and field, respectively.
Rounding out the top five, and jumping one spot from the final fall standings, is the College of Idaho, with 398.50 points. The Coyotes finished 7th in women’s swimming, 9th in women’s track and field and 10th in men’s swimming.
The Cascade (College of Idaho-5th and Southern Oregon-9th) and Sooner (Wayland Baptist-2nd and Oklahoma City-6th) conferences lead all NAIA conferences in the top 10 with two institutions each.
The Learfield Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 12 sports in the NAIA– six women’s and six men’s.
The final NAIA winter standings will be released Thursday, March 24.
Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the fall season. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at www.directorscup.org. In addition, please visit www.thedirectorscup.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/lsdirectorscup or follow us on Twitter @lsdirectorscup.
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